The detailed Flores & Komodo Tour
15 Days/14 Nights
An intense encounter of the various facets of the culture, nature and people on Flores.
Maumere - Kelimutu - Riung (17 Island National Park) - Bajawa (hiking to traditional Ngada villages) - Ruteng - trekking to Wae Rebo - Labuan Bajo including 2 Days/1 Night Boat trip to Rinca & Komodo Island
Day 1: Travel and departure to Flores Island
Pick up from airport in Maumere and transfer to beach resort east from Maumere. Depending on your choice you will stay in a comfortable and charming beach front bungalow in Amrita Beach Resort on the beautiful Waiara beach or in the stylish and as well comfortable bamboo cottage in Coconut Garden Beach Resort or in 4 Star Capa Maumere Resort . After your arrival on Flores use the rest of the afternoon to relax on quiet and beautiful volcanic beach with good swimming and snorkelling conditions.
Day 2: Island Hopping in Maumere Bay
Very popular and an exciting day trip is a boat trip to the Islands in Maumere Bay to the island Pulau Pangahbatang and Pulau Parmahan and Pulau Babi. Let be surprised by beautiful snorkelling areas, picnic and collect shells on white coral beach and encounter friendly people in picturesque fisher villages. Quite often we can see during the selling by boat Dolphin schools. We start this day trip first with a short drive to the Nangahale village. In Nangahale, you will have the opportunity to watch how sea salt is refined and boats are built. Then you embark with an English speaking diving guide a fisherman boat and are selling from island to island with snorkeling stops and visit the small settlements. On Pulau Babi in the shadow of the mangroves a picnic lunch will be served. Accommodation in Amrita Beach Resort or with additonal charge in Coconut Garden Beach Resort or 4 Star Capa Maumere Resort.
Day 3 : From Maumere to Moni village at the foot of Kelimutu
In the morning we visit the market in Maumere (Pasar Alok) and the Bajo village Wuring. Then we drive to the mountain village Watublapi or Dokar with a long history of Ikat weaving. Here, we visit a demonstration of the weaving of Ikat fabrics and each step starting with spinning and dyeing of cotton up to the finished Ikat are vividly explained. Then we visit the Bikon Blewut Anthropology Museum in Ledalero, the viewpoint of Nilo with a large Holy Mary statue and continue to Paga Beach (with possibility for lunch) and have some time to relax on the wonderful Koka Beach. Then we visit the traditional village Sikka on the South coast of Flores. Enjoy wonderful views of the countryside with plantations and small mountain villages. In Sikka we visit a very interesting 150 years old Portuguese Church. Then we continue to Moni with stop at Wolowaru, where you can see traditional Lio houses. Accommodation in a bungalow in Kelimutu Eco Lodge which is remote located surrounded by beautiful natur just outside the Moni village.
Day 4 : The 3-colored Lakes of the Volcano Kelimutu - Ende
Kelimutu is a volcano near the Moni village in Central Flores in Indonesia. The Volcano Kelimutu consists of three crater Lakes, which have different colors because of minerals. The colors of the Lakes have changed several times dramatically over the last years. The Lunar of crater is a hideout of the spirits according to the beliefs of the locals. Then the souls of boys and girls live in the Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai , which change the color between turquoise, blue and white greenish In Tiwu Ata Polo the sinner wait till night, to fly up with the wind and destroy every living Intruder. This lake change the colors between red, dark green, dark red and green color. The souls of the ancients rest in the Tiwu Ata Bupu. The now almost black Lake was once dark blue then light blue to white. The name of Kelimutu itself in the local language means 'keli' = 'mountain' and 'mutu' = 'boiling'.
On this day, we have to get up early in the morning and after a cup of coffee or tea, we drive to the volcano Kelimutu. After 30 minutes we reach the parking lot, and here a pleasant walk about 1.5 km and 127 stairs leads to the terrace of Mount Kelimutu at 1690 m altitude. From here, you have wonderful views of all three colored crater Lakes of Kelimutu and the surrounding countryside. Approximately at 10: 00 fog or clouds can come up and prevent the view so it is important to be up at least between 8 and 9. In the midst of this lunar landscape, the colors of the Lakes look spectacular. It's always a surprise what colors the Kelimutu Lakes will have when we visit.
On the drive back from the mount Kelimutu to Moni, we will pass beautiful rice fields and tropical forests. Here it is worth to make on the way down photo stops and walk some meters or kilometers, while the car moves forward and waiting for you. It is 14 km from the parking lot of the Kelimutu to Moni's main street. Arrived in Moni, we can have breakfast at the hotel before we go then to Ende with stops at street market in Nduaria and rice paddies in Detusoko. On the way from Moni to Ende we visit the village Wologai with well-preserved traditional houses in the for Ende/Lio region formerly typical Lioneser architecture. Thank we can visit traditional house in the Lio village Wolotopo and if you are interested we can arrange an Ikat weaving demonstration of the beautiful Lionesen Ikat in Ndona. After arrival in Ende we will visit the market and the Museum Rumah Soekarno. It is the House where the first Indonesian President from 1934 to 1938 has spent his years in exile, and it is believed that it was in Ende under a breadfruit tree where he was inspired to define the Indonesian national philosophy called " Pancasila ". After lunch in Ende we make a detour to the Penggajawa Beach, which is littered with many colored stones. The stones are predominantly blue to turquoise, but also green and red stones are in between. The stones are collected by the local population and sold as building material. Accommodation is in the City Hotel Grand Wisata in Ende
Day 5 : From Ende to Riung on the North coast of Flores Island
On this day we are going from Ende (South Coast) to the North Coast to Aegela via Mbay and from there to Riung. From Ende to Riung is a realatively long car ride of 607 hours. Yet there is on the way time to discover again interesting things, opportunity for photo stops, short walks and encounters with the locals. In the late afternoon we reach Riung. Overnight is in a guest house in Riung.
Day 6 : 17 Island Marine Park in Riung
Riung is located on the North coast of Flores and is the gateway to the Pulau Tujuh Belas (seventeen Islands National Park). As the name implies, the National Park consists of Islands. There are a total of 24 Islands. While most are only tiny coral islands with white beaches and no name , the largest island is hilly and covered with mangroves. Here you can see colonies of flying bats who live to thousands in the mangrove trees.
After breakfast, we will drive with a wooden motor boat to a nearby island for snorkeling. Here, you can relax on the beautiful white beach and discover the colorful underwater world while snorkeling. After picnic lunch on white beach we go to another island and can watch there a colony of flying bats. Than we go back to Riung. Overnight in a guest house in Riung.
Day 7 : Riung - Hot springs in Soa - Bajawa
Today we drive from Riung to Bajawa. On the way we make a stop at the hot springs of Mengeruda in SOA, the SOA hot springs, where you can bathe and relax in the hot springs. Than we will visit the traditional village of Masu, with his unique Megalith cult before we go further to Bajawa. Overnight in Bajawa depending on demand and availability in the Hotel Happy Happy or Villa Manulalu.
Day 8 : Traditional Ngadha villages in the surroundings of Bajawa
After an early breakfast we will first visit the small traditional village of Luba and drive then to Bena, on of the best preserved and best known of the traditional villages in Ngadha. The village consists of two rows of centuries old houses covered with grass. In the middle of the village, there's a sacrificial stones and cult houses, which were used for ritual ceremonies and sacrificial offerings. Christians are the people, who today lives and works in this heritage village but nevertheless, some of the old traditions and ancestor worship are still alive. After the visit of Bena we start a hike to one of the secluded Ngadha villages to Tololela. This easy hike takes about 2 hours. In Tololela, a local lunch will be served to us, accompanied with a demonstration of traditional music. After lunch we continue 1 hour to the next remote Ngadha village named Gerusina. Here our vehicle is already waiting and we drive with a stop at another wild Hot springs for swimming back to our accommodation in Bajawa in Hotel Happy Happy or Villa Manulalu.
Day 9 : Bajawa - Ranamese Lake - Ruteng
Today, we continue to Ruteng. We make our first break in Aimere, where we visit an original Destilerie of Arak. Than we drive through a mountainous landscape and rice fields in Mano and then stop at a beautiful view point to the Ranamese Lake. It is a crater lake, where we can arrange especially for natur lovers, photographers and bird watchers a walk around the shore and through the forest. Lunch is on the road in a local restaurant. . In the afternoon or late afternoon (if including hiking around Ramanesee) we arrive Ruteng and visit a " Adat House ". Accommodation in a convent in Ruteng, or in the Guest House Mbilling.
Day 10 : Ruteng - spider rice fields in Cancar - Denge/Dintor
After the breakfast we drive to Cancar, where we will see the " spider web rice field ". (Rice fields, which are arranged like a spider's Web) and are called also called Lingko. Then we go with some photo stops to Dintor on the southern coast of Flores. Here, we stay in a simple lodge with beautiful views before early in the morning the next day we will start trekking to Wae Rebo.
Day 11 : Trekking Wae Rebo
Wae Rebo is an old village with unique architecture, which is isolated located in a beautiful mountain landscape in the Manggarai in West Flores. It comprises of 7 traditional circular and cone-shaped buildings called Mbaru Niang what means in the Manggarai language " Drum houses " . The village is only reachable on foot in about 3-4 hour hike (depending on your physical condition). The village offers visitors not only the opportunity to see authentic Manggarei architecture but also to participate in the life of the local community. The hike leads along a narrow path through dense rain forest with various ferns, orchids and palm trees and accompanied by the singing of many different birds.
On this day, you make a beautiful but demanding hike through lush green mountain countryside to the village Wae Rebo. Earlier, the people lived in huge round houses with space for up to 200 people. When the Dutch came, these homes were demolished because they were not hygienic in there opinion. So, this ancient treasure was lost. But hidden in the mountains a couple of this mythical cottages have been preserved and renovated by the local community together with a team of architects based in Jakarta and the Indonesian Government.
Wae Rebo is tucked away in a spectacular setting and is only accessible on foot. We are welcomed as guests of honor with a special ceremony. You stay the night in this village and have plenty of time to see the local way of life. Most people work from early morning until dawn in the gardens, are busy with harvesting coffee or with the traditional processing of coffee beans. You will be overwhelmed by the calm and the beauty of the place. There is no electricity, no cell phone signal, no Mopeds. You will stay at the Mbaru Niang, dine with the Wae Rebo community and sleep on a Tikar, a woven mat made of pandanus leaf and get an impression of how life was as extended families lived under one roof.
Day 12 : Wae Rebo - Denge - Labuan Bajo
After breakfast we start our hike back to Denge. The descent is shorter as the hike up yesterday and takes 1.5-2.5 hours, depending on the condition. In Denge, our vehicle is waiting and we drive today to Labuan Bajo. In the afternoon we will reach Labuan Bajo and check in at the Golo Hilltop Hotel or in Puri Sari Beach Hotel in Labuan Bajo
Day 13 : Labuan Bajo - Komodo Island - Pink Beach
After an early breakfast we drive to the harbor in Labuan Bajo, where we board for 2 days private wooden boat for sailing in Komodo National Park, the home to the Komodo dragons and explore the fabulous underwater marine life around Komodo and Rinca Island. First we go to Komodo Island. The sail takes about 3.5 hours. After arrival on Komodo Island we make a hike of about 1.5 hours where we can observe at water holes wild boars, Timor deer and the unique Komodo . We climb the Sulphurea and Frigate Hill with a magnificent view over the Komodo Island those bays and beaches. Then we go back to the boat and sail to the Pink Beach, where you can relax on the beach and snorkeling in the wonderful underwater world of Komodo National Park. In the afternoon we make stops for snorkeling at the Manta Point and stop at Kalong (flying foxes) Island, where you can see a large colony of flying foxes, when they leave the Island in all directions. Lunch and dinner will be served on the boat. Overnight on the boat near the coast of Rinca Island.
Rinca Island has a higher density of the Komodo population, so it is not necessarily to visit Komodo Island to see wild Komodo lizards. If you decide to visit only one of the Komodo Dragon Islands, than you have planty time for discover the famose underwater world of Komodo Nationalpark
Day 14 : Rinca Island - Kanawa - Biddadari Island - Labuan Bajo
After breakfast on the boat, we start early morning to Rinca Island to make a 2 hour hike were we can see Komodo Dragons when they leave there hideouts and go to the sun. The hike leads through a landscape dotted with Lonta Palm trees. We will see not only Komodo Dragons but we can observe also other animals, such as Timor deer, buffalo, monkeys, wild boars, and exotic birds. From a few point on the hills there are breathtaking views of the slopes. After returning to the boat, we sail to Kanawa Island and Biddadari Island, where you can wonderfully snorkel off shore. In the afternoon we sail back to Labuan Bajo. Accommodation in Golo Hilltop Hotel or in Puri Sari Beach Hotel in Labuan Bajo
Day 15 : Departure from Flores Island
The tour end with the transfer to airport in Labuan Bajo
This tour can be done also in reverse direction, i.e. start in Labuan Bajo and ending in Maumere.